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All Things Sensory by Harkla

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All Things Sensory by Harkla

Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L

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Rachel Harrington and Jessica Hill, are two passionate Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who answer your questions related to all things sensory, occupational therapy, parenting, self-care, nutrition, and health, from a therapist’s perspective. Providing raw, honest, fun ideas, and strategies, for parents and families to implement into daily life. Great for those who work with children with sensory processing disorder, special needs, autism, and ADHD. This podcast is brought to you b ...
 
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From a pediatric occupational therapy perspective, crawling is a very important milestone for MOST children. This is today’s topic and we encourage you to think outside the box, dive into the research, and remember that everyone’s experience is unique. Make sure you check out all the links below! Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at H…
 
Amirra is the founder of Marvelous Mirracles and creator of The Mirracle Money Blueprint, an all-in-one comprehensive program designed to kickstart your financial game plan, help you stress less + make more money, and develop strong money management skills in 90 days so that you can start building wealth from your very first paycheck...even if you’…
 
Today’s episode is all about WHY we love sensory strategies for EVERY classroom! The idea is to create an inclusive, sensory friendly classroom that all students can benefit from, while also providing individualized sensory strategies to the students who need a little bit more. Make sure you stay til the end of today’s episode where we answer a lis…
 
Dr. Hailey Arnold is a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner; however, she is best described as an entrepreneur. Constantly finding solutions to problems, Dr. Arnold spends her days formulating nutritional products and genetic tests for children of all ages. She is an active clinician, educator, public speaker, and published author. Wit…
 
We’ve gotten asked many times about how and why we started our entrepreneurial journey. So today, we’re diving in! We started out as outpatient pediatric COTAs (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants) and saw a gap in our space. So we took a leap to try to fill that gap (almost 4 years ago!) and thanks to you wonderful listeners, we just reached…
 
Kim Wiggins, OTR/L, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children since 2001. She is a full-time therapist at a City School District in upstate New York, owner of www.OTKimWiggins.com, and has been a nationally known speaker since 2011. Kim is certified in Mobile Devices for Children with Disabilities, Puzzle Ar…
 
We had someone message us asking what a day in the life of a COTA looks like! We (Rachel and Jessica) are both Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Licensed in the state of Idaho (COTA/L). We worked with children in an outpatient clinic setting for over 7 years and in this episode we share what a “typical” day looked like in the clinic. We al…
 
Jennifer Jo Brout is the Director of the International Misophonia Research Network. She is a New York State Certified School Psychologist, a Connecticut Professional Licensed Counselor, and holds a Doctorate in School/Clinical-Child Psychology. She is the mother of adult triplets, and is a Misophonia sufferer herself. Disappointed by her own experi…
 
So many children struggle with the process of independence with toileting skills and we’ve talked about it in previous episodes - check out the show notes for those episodes - but today we are going to break down the actual skills required for each step of the toileting process plus give you some activity ideas to address each skill! In OT, we call…
 
Matt Sloan is a certified occupational therapy assistant specializing in sensory integration therapy. Matt is also a fitness professional, coach, and has worked as a special education teacher and adaptive PE teacher. Matt has been involved in education for over 25 years working with kids and adults of all abilities in a multitude of settings. Matt …
 
We got a question on instagram that we’re going to answer in today’s episode! When doing sensory activities, should I continue the challenging activities or push through them with my child when my child has adverse reactions? Such a great question! We dive into this topic and discuss the ‘just right challenge’ as well as provide some examples of wh…
 
Today’s episode is a 1-on-2 with a fellow OT where we dive into all things primitive reflexes! We talk about a variety of challenges related to primitive reflexes as well as we really got to nerd out on all the activity ideas! If you’re a therapist working with children, this episode is GOLD! But don’t shy away from this episode if you’re not a the…
 
In today’s episode we dive into WHY we believe, and why research shows, that establishing hand dominance is vital to success with a variety of daily activities. We also talk about what it looks like if a child is struggling to establish hand dominance and of course, we give you our favorite tips and tricks to help! Stick around to the end to listen…
 
Jessica Irwin is a childhood routine expert, pediatric occupational therapist, and lover of all things child development. She has worked in pediatrics since 2014 in a variety of settings including daycares, preschools, elementary schools, private practice, and pediatric home health. She founded Rooted in Routine in 2019 to help parents learn simple…
 
Today we break down skills necessary for handwriting, and give you our favorite OT-based strategies for improving this skill! The title says 10, but let’s be real - we give you way more! Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at Harkla.Co/Podcast. Brought To You By Harkla Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the d…
 
We want to give you our top tips for infants and toddlers - based on our clinical, professional experiences as well as our personal experiences! Our goal is to share information, no shame involved! Take what works for you and share with anyone you think can benefit! We also answer a couple of listener questions at the end, so stick around! Check ou…
 
Lauren is a pediatric speech pathologist and has been practicing for over 13 years. She specializes in childhood stuttering and is the owner of Stutter Free Kids. Lauren takes an integrative approach to stuttering that both treats directly but also teaches how to support greater fluency through play, connection, brain care and managing high sensiti…
 
Meeting the sensory threshold is the first step in helping a child feel more regulated. But do you know what that means?! If not, this episode will give you all the details on what, why, and how! If so, this is a great episode to refresh and send to everyone you know! We also answer 2 listener questions, so stick around to the end! Also, check out …
 
Kian McBurnie is a Speech Language Therapist from Long Island, NY (SLP-CCC, PROMPT Certified). She graduated in 2012 and has experience with students 3-21 years old across settings such as homecare, a school for the Deaf, and various school districts. She is PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Phonetic Motor Targets) Certified and passionate abo…
 
You may have heard us talk about this before, but we truly believe in the power of the pause. What does that even mean? When working with children who have sensory processing challenges or other developmental disabilities, a pause can have a huge effect on a lot of things. We dive into WHY a pause can be so beneficial as well as provide some intere…
 
Toothbrushing is a skill that every child learns - but why do some children struggle more than others when it comes to brushing their teeth? We break down the WHY behind a variety of challenges related to toothbrushing - specifically from a sensory perspective but also looking at the specific skills required. Then we give you our favorite tips and …
 
Jenny Best, Founder and CEO of Solid Starts A mom of three, including twin toddlers, Jenny is a baby-led weaning expert and food and farming enthusiast on a mission to make it easier for parents to introduce real food to their babies. Prior to launching Solid Starts, Jenny led global communications at One Acre Fund and Slow Food USA and served many…
 
Today, we’re talking about auditory hypersensitivity. We explain the auditory system, what it is, and how it works, before moving on to discuss the various signs that might indicate that your child has auditory sensitivities, and the adverse reactions you might see. We share some helpful tips on how to support your child with auditory hypersensitiv…
 
The holidays can be stressful - changes in routine, lots of different sights, sounds, and activities, new and different foods, etc. So we’re here to give you our 10 favorite sensory strategies to help make your holiday season a little bit easier. We talk about visual schedules, sensory diets, and using your own sensory strategies! We also made a fu…
 
This week on the All Things Sensory podcast, we bring you our very own version of Myth Busters, SPD edition! Listen in as we discuss and debunk eight common myths about Sensory Processing Disorder. Tuning in, you’ll find out what you can say to someone who might not believe that SPD even exists, or if someone criticizes your parenting style because…
 
Since it’s the week of Thanksgiving, we are talking about all the things we’re thankful for. A few weeks ago, we asked you to share with us on Instagram what you’re grateful for, and what you love most about your sensory child, or yourself, if you’re a little on the neuro-diverse side. We got some amazing responses. We talk about how sensory kids l…
 
Lori Benson Adams, MEd, is an educational intervention specialist and owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 35 years of experience with students who experience sensory, learning, behavioral, and executive function challenges. Lori presents nationally to audiences of parents, therapists, and educators. She is kno…
 
Motion sickness is caused when your brain can't make sense of the information sent from your eyes, ears, and body. Many of us have experienced motion sickness at some point in our lives and many of us experience it frequently. This episode is full of helpful tips and tricks related to motion sickness! We talk about using a variety of sensory strate…
 
You don't have to be sensory sensitive to feel the effects of a lively children's party, but that amount of sensory input may not be just fun and games for your kiddo. Perhaps they might experience some dysregulation before, during, or hours or days afterward. In this episode, we dive into the huge amount of stimuli that make up the party experienc…
 
Our brain is an amazing thing and much of how it works is still being discovered. Today’s guest teaches us how using neuroplasticity, we can rewire processing for completely separate senses to overcome difficulty in sensory processing. Dr. Karen Pryor, author of Ten Fingers Ten Toes Twenty Things Everyone Needs to Know: Neuroplasticity for Children…
 
Having empathy in everyday life is important, but it's also crucial for creating a supportive connection with your child. What is empathy and how can we use it? We talk about the process of empathizing, and discuss the benefits for you and connecting with your loved ones, while keeping shame and anger at bay. From dealing with a sensory meltdown to…
 
Something special happens when a conversation unfolds as a brainstorm between friends. That’s exactly what we do during this episode, with Nicky, a school-based OT with a background in in-patient rehabilitation. We talk about how to identify behavior and sensory related problems, and how going to the sensory room and taking a movement break can ser…
 
Have you ever found yourself sticking your tongue out while concentrating on an activity, like cutting something or backing up your car? That’s called overflow, or overflow-associated movements. Although many of us do it, sometimes overflow can be a cause for concern. In today’s episode, we define what overflow is and give some examples of how it c…
 
On today’s episode, our guest, Jerrod Brown, talks to us about all things trauma: why it’s imperative for everyone to understand its role, the wide range of forms it takes in children and caregivers, and how the same traumatic experiences can impact people completely differently. We discuss how experiencing trauma without the necessary support robs…
 
If your child has tactile hypersensitivities, chances are they struggle with some area of getting dressed or wearing certain clothes. We’re going to talk specifically about how tactile processing affects getting dressed. Our bodies and brains are designed to filter out the unnecessary input of the feeling of wearing clothes, but for people who don’…
 
Raise your hand if you’re raising a neurodiverse child. Now, raise your hand if this experience has ever made you question your abilities as a parent. You are not alone! Even if it feels that way sometimes. When you finally talk to another parent who gets it, it can be a powerfully validating experience, which is why today’s guest has created a spe…
 
Haircuts can be challenging, even for those who don’t have sensory processing challenges! From prepping kiddos for the overstimulating environment of the salon to taking along some preferred sensory activities to help them override the noxious stimuli of light touch or vibrating clippers, there are so many ways to make this process a bit easier, bu…
 
We are excited to offer 10% off of the base package fees for the first 10 people to book by September 30, 2021 using our special promotional code: ALLTHINGS10 - just got to the SENSE-ational Spaces website, linked below! Imagine your home, or the school you work in, has a dedicated space for children with sensory needs or a purposeful space for chi…
 
In today we dive into the benefits and uses of free play! Discover what it means to engage in free play and how to facilitate it in easy, fun activities with your kids. Learn about the skills children can develop during free play, from an increased attention span to building the capacity to negotiate with other children. We break down why a combina…
 
We are joined by a very special guest from Australia! Kirstie Wishart is a teacher, sensory educator, educational consultant, and founder of the Starfish Store, an education sensory and specialized store based in NSW, Australia. Starfish offers one-on-one tutoring for people of all ages who struggle with learning disabilities. They also carry Harkl…
 
The developmental milestones in the first 12 months of life are widely spoken about, but there are equally important, yet often overlooked, sensory milestones to be aware of. In today's episode, Rachel and Jessica explore the different sensory systems: auditory, visual, tactile, and more! We hear about the key developmental markers of each of these…
 
Everyone knows the feeling of exhaustion that follows a few nights of poor sleep. For children and adults with sensory processing disorder, lack of sleep is a frequently occurring phenomenon which negatively affects the whole human ecosystem that surrounds them. Through gaining an understanding of his own sensory quirks, as well as his close friend…
 
Surprise, surprise: all living human beings have a sensory system! You may have known that, but did you know that almost everything you experience in your daily life has sensory input of some kind? The simple act of waking up in the morning can entail the use of all eight of your senses, from auditory to tactile to vestibular. In today’s episode, y…
 
Today we are welcoming back the very first guest we ever had on this podcast, Gabriel Moreno! The world is suffering from a loneliness epidemic, and through Game Changers Idaho, Gabe is on a mission to remedy this by providing a sense of belonging through various sports programs. His optimism and enthusiasm are infectious and his mission “to find t…
 
There are a multitude of factors that impact children’s abilities to thrive in their daily lives. In this episode, Rachel and Jessica run through a few of the main ones; nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress, and primitive reflexes. They share some useful advice for therapists and parents regarding how to help their children maximize benefits…
 
What does it mean to live life in rhythm? Rhythm is something that is all around us, it’s in seasons of the year, heartbeats of our bodies, modulations of our speech, it’s even in our breath. In today’s episode we get together with Jorge Ochoa to talk about his work as an Occupational Therapist and musician and how he has been able to combine them …
 
“Why does my child chew on everything to the point of soaking their shirt and ruining objects?” - “How do I help a child who grinds their teeth constantly?” - “Will my child grow out of oral seeking tendencies?” If you have asked yourself any of these questions, then today’s episode is for you! Today we tackle the subject of oral seeking. We get a …
 
Our episode today is all about a holistic approach to psychology! To help us broach this extensive subject, we got together with Dr. Lori Baudino to unpack the intricacies of the mind-body connection. Dr. Baudino is a licensed clinical psychologist, a board-certified dance movement therapist, and a mother of two. She shares what she has learned fro…
 
Did you know Amazon's big sale, Prime Day is next week, June 21st and 22nd? While small, family-owned businesses like ours can sell products on Amazon, Amazon takes a big chunk of each sale from us. So, while Amazon has its sale next week, we're going to have our own sale at Harkla called (Anti) Prime Day where we'll have a big discount equal to th…
 
This episode is all about hand-eye-body coordination! To help us unpack this exciting and important subject, we have none other than Dr. Jacob Weiss, who is the Director of the HandEyeBody Academy! We talk about how he got started, his magical history as a professional juggler, and unpack how hand-eye coordination can be utilized for different cont…
 
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